Police are investigating a Tuesday morning Newport shooting of a man arrested in connection with a drug-related kidnapping last year.
The incident took place at around 2:00 a.m. Police were notified after the victim arrived at North Country Hospital in Newport with gunshot wounds to his extremities.
The victim was identified as Eddie De Los Torres, 37. De Los Torres was arrested on a Massachusetts drug crime warrant during the investigation that led to the arrest of Ivan Carmona of Springfield, MA last year.
Police say De Los Torres is currently homeless in the greater Newport area.
According to the report, Torres disclosed limited information regarding the shooting and declined to provide further details to detectives assigned to investigate the incident. It is believed that the shooting occurred in the Northeast Kingdom area.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the State Police in Derby at 802-334-8881.
Curious how someone earns the status of “homeless” these days in Vermont in a police case or by media referral. If you want a free hotel room, it is based simply on the honor system. Obviously, using that term can serve to gain an element of sympathy and victimhood. He is referred to in the article as “victim”, so are we supposed to regard him in this case as a victim of a gunshot, or of a heartless society that wont give him a place to live…or both? Police and other public safety officials may go by a refusal to provide a local address but in this case it looks like he “claimed” to be homeless so as not to implicate anyone else in this mysterious gun incident. He does apparently have ties to Springfield Mass, and there is a predominant culture down there that “snitches get stitches”.